The time has come – your child has a wiggly tooth! They are now at the age where baby teeth will exfoliate (get loose and come out) and adult teeth are moving into their new home. This exciting time generally occurs around age 5 or 6, but it is always important to remember that each child’s eruption and exfoliation patterns are different (some occur earlier and some later than others).
When a child has a mixture of both baby teeth and adult teeth, this is called a mixed dentition.
When comparing the appearance of baby teeth versus adult teeth, you may notice:
This is an important time in tooth development and requires special attention to oral hygiene. New teeth are erupting and our children may not be familiar with where the new teeth are located yet, especially those 6 year molars! We advise parents to continue to help with brushing and flossing at this time for a couple reasons – 1) manual dexterity – kids may not have the dexterity to properly reach all areas of the mouth yet to brush/floss effectively, 2) vision – an adult will be able to visually see all new teeth to brush/floss effectively.
At your child’s routine dental visit with Bite Size Pediatric Dentistry in Frankfort, IL and Oak Lawn, IL, our pediatric dentists will guide you on your child’s eruption and give tips to improve home care based on each child’s needs. Have more questions about your kiddos mixed dentition? Don’t forget to ask at your next appointment or give our office a call! 🙂